Greek-American Helps Decorate the White House for Christmas

christmas-white-houseGreek florist and decorator Maria Lalagos was one of the 89 volunteers who were selected from thousands of applications to decorate the US presidential residence.

Christmas has always been Maria’s favorite holiday and she has often been called the Christmas elf by her friends. When she found out that she would be among the decorating team for the White House it was a dream come true.

Maria Lalagos and the rest of the volunteer team followed instructions by the company Rafanelli Events, which coordinated the entire process. As the young woman stated in an interview, her experience was incredible. “There are no words that can express this feeling. I cannot believe it is true,” she said.

Initially, she worked on the East Wing corridor, where she had to stick around 7,000 balls on the wooden frames placed in front of four columns. Then she decorated the interior arch in the East Room, with garland and silver ornaments. Later she teamed up with another nine volunteers to decorate the East Peristyle with snowflakes created by children from schools around Washington. Finally, the talented Greek, a native of Crete and Peloponnese, decorated the Christmas tree that was placed in US President Barrack Obama’s elevator.

The theme of this year’s festive decoration for the White House is “Timeless Tradition.” In total, 62 trees and more than 70,000 ornaments were used to decorate the house. This holiday season around 68,000 people from the US and other countries are expected to visit the White House.


    • Jewish extremist groups such as Chabad Lubavitch put up thousands of their Jewish Menorahs on public ground across America, including a giant 30 ft Menorah right across from the White House. It is labelled in the Headlines of CNN and CBS as the National Menorah! Meanwhile the Christian manger scene and Christian Crosses are outlawed on public ground in the United States!

      The American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Council of Presidents, American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and hundreds of other Jewish organizations have been at the forefront of the effort to destroy American Christian traditions. As a result of their litigation and bullying, the Christian part of Christmas has been stripped away from American national life.

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